I am so happy to be part of the blog tour of:
Clockwork Menagerie (Shadows of Asphodel, #2.5), by Karen Kincy
As a fan of her work I couldn't resist this opportunity. I've contributed to both her Kickstarter campaigns for her Shadows of Asphodel series and I highly recommend it to all those alternate universe lovers of the early twentieth century.
Genre: Historical-fantasy romance
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: September 1, 2015
Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky
A companion novella to the Shadows of Asphodel series, from Konstantin's point of view.
Konstantin would love to hide in his laboratory and dissect the clockwork dragon captured from Russia, but the Archmages of Vienna have other plans. He finds himself shipped off to St. Petersburg as the scientific attaché to an ambassador. His orders? Look, but don't touch. Of course, he considers this an impossible request with so much enemy technomancy to explore.
To make matters worse, Konstantin has to work with the dashing zeppelin commander Himmel, a man who should also be untouchable. They can't act on the smoldering attraction between them without risking it all. Faced with an illegal relationship and a devious rival technomancer, Konstantin might not return from this mission in Russia without conquering the forbidden.
About The Author:
Karen Kincy (Kirkland, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.
Find Karen Kincy Online:
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I am so happy I was able to pay a nice visit to the world portrayed in the Shadows of Asphodel's books. This alternate history with gears, zeppelins, complicated magic, war and engaging characters is a must read!
This novella gave me all that I expected regarding previous Karen Kincy's stories. Even got me wanting moooreeeee.
Konstantin is such a great character. Is fun to learn more about his passion for his work, his desires and his loyalties.
The relationship between him and Captain Himmel was believable and perfectly described. This was the first m/m story I've read and I'm glad for it. Love is an amazing theme to weave a cool story.
The setting was absolutely brilliant, I felt the cold weather, the sense of time and space while doing that snowy exploration with Konstantin: from The Trans Siberian Railway descriptions, to St. Petersburg.
The food was so yummy: salmon, spicy ciders, borsch garnished with dill and sour cream, walnut salad, beef stroganoff, tarts stuffed with cherries and sandwiches made with love. I was mouthwatering with these delicious fictional meals! And I laughed when I imagined Konstantin and his allergy to potatoes and tomatoes riding on top of sacks of potatoes.
And a nice canine companion: Fang is so cute! I wish she gets a more prominent role in the future adventures of Konstantin and Himmel :)
Overall I hope there are more stories around Shadows of Asphodel.
Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!